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August Rankings

Not much movement in Asian rankings, apart from some Japanese players dropping down the table.
This is because of the method of calculating the rankings.
According to the FISTF guide and procedures about WR, points from 12 months ago are divided by 2.
And points from 24 months ago are simply removed.
So, to keep in the rankings, you need to play at least one FISTF event each year, and if you want to move up — then play more events!!!
There should be more movement in September, with the Singapore Satellite, the Sydney International Open, and of course the World Cup.

Asian Rankings
Open:
FISTF Ranking main Aug Open 2017

Veterans:
FISTF Ranking main Aug Vets 2017

Teams:
FISTF Ranking main Aug Teams 2017

Ladies:
FISTF Ranking main Aug Ladies 2017

U19:
FISTF Ranking main Aug U19 2017

U15:
FISTF Ranking main Aug U15 2017

U12:
FISTF Ranking main Aug U12 2017

Complete world rankings:
Web-201707 FISTF August WORLD

Asian Confederation Continues Its Development

The Confederation of Asian Sports Table Football Associations (CASTFA) has taken another step towards confirming its credentials with the selection of an official logo.

After two rounds of voting by players from Australia, Japan and Singapore, the winner was a striking logo designed by Australia’s Adrian Elmer

castfa logo shinyWe are very proud that so many players contributed logos to the competition, and then voted on a choice,” said CASTFA President Kenzo Koi of Japan. Ten logos were considered in the first round, with the top three to contest the final stage.

The design competition was conducted by the board of CASTFA, composed of Koi, Australian President Benji Batten, Singapore President Tan Kok Wee, and FISTF Vice President, Asia, Steve Dettre.

In his design notes, Adrian said his winning logo: “… features the colours chosen by the new confederation as the official colours – red, blue and yellow – representing the dominant national colour of each of the three founding member nations – Singapore, Japan and Australia.”

“The image is a stylised map of Asia used to form a hand flicking a table football figure, thus both depicting the nature of our sport as well as making it specific and unique to our region,” he said.

As a simple, contained shape, it will facilitate the addition of the logo to playing shirts, and other appropriate objects.

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“I’m very honoured to have had my logo chosen from an excellent field of contenders,” Adrian said.

“I love doing design work for our sport. I’m never going to be one of the best players and win the world cup but I can always dream that the design work I do for table football might be viewed as amongst the best in the world.”

Adrian has designed the logo of the Australian Table Football Association, as well as many of the Australian clubs.

The CASTFA Board would like to thank the other two designers for their efforts in providing great designs. Singapore’s John Edwards and Japan’s Yuko Nakahara provided stiff opposition to Adrian’s design. The final count was 30 votes for Adrian’s, 25 for John’s and 22 for Yuko’s. Their work won’t go to waste, however, as the Board is considering utilising their designs in other areas of CASTFA’s work.

Yuko Nakahara's dramatic work.

Yuko Nakahara’s dramatic work.

John Edwards' entry

John Edwards’ entry

“We believe their outstanding designs can still live on, in key events and awards under CASTFA’s control,” said Singapore president Tan Kok Wee.

CASTFA is a recognised continental association of the Federation of International Sports Table Football (FISTF).

The CASTFA Board

Perth International Open, 2017

venueOver the weekend of the 27th of July the Historic Port City of Fremantle welcomed 12 players to compete in Western Australia’s debut major Subbuteo event, the Perth FISTF International Open Winter Classic 2017. From East we welcomed current ATFA president Benji Batten (Melbourne TSC), Italian teamates Fabrizio Coco & Tony Credentino (Sydney TSC) and the big German Hermann Kruse (Nothern Falcons TSC). Singapore brought over 2 players in Irwan Iskander & Vikas Chadiramadi (Jurong Central TSC) along with Subbuteo Perth hosts Ross Mcnulty, Hugh Best, John Harty, Alan Kimber, Chris Thorn and Ron Byrne.

We set up early on the Friday afternoon and after a nice meal and catch up at a local pub after practice we headed to do the draw for the main Singles event for the following Saturday morning. We did a 3 player ,4 group format with each playing one game against the other with the top 2 progressing into the Quarter Finals and the remaining bottom players entering a WASPA barrage tournament to run alongside the knock out phases.

In the first game of Group 1 Benji Batten beat Hermann Kruse 3-1 to set the early pace in the group after a commanding display from the young Victorian, suddenly all memories of his 9hr flight delay where well and truly remedied. In Group 2 Ron Byrne faced up to Fabrizio Coco who along with Benji and Vikas was an outright favorite at the start and after a gallant effort the Italian proved to much defeating the Evertonian 9-0. In Group 3 Vikas opened up his account with a resounding 7-0 win against Ross Mcnulty to send out a real message of intent. Over in Group 4 Hugh Best and Chris Thorn played out a tense 0-0 draw to boost hopes for either player of a quarter final berth against group favorite Irwan. Into the second round of games and in Group 1 John Harty faced the daunting prospect of playing Benji Batten and he really did himself proud going down just 2-0 against such a quality player over the 30mins. In Group 2 Alan Kimber faced up against Fabrizio Coco and in another well matched game the mercurial Italian popped in 3 goals to firmly set up a quarter final showdown along with Benji in Group 1. In Group 3 Vikas again was banging the goals in as he beat Tony Credentino 5-0 to also join the others into the Quarters and over in Group 4 Irwan Iskander had a 1-0 victory over current newly appointed Perth President Hugh Best in a very tight and close match meaning the fate of who was joining Irwan came down to GD. In the final Group game in Group 1 Hermann Kruse took on John Harty and prevailed 3-0 to secure 2nd place alongside Benji Batten and in Group 2 the all Perth tie of Alan Kimber and Ron Byrne resulted in a 3-0 triumph to send a jubilant Kimber charging towards the Quarter Finals. In Group 3 it was do or die between Tony Credentino and Ross Mcnulty and after a see-saw game it was the Napoli loving Credentino that came out on top with a 3-1 win that catapulted him into the Quarter finals. The final game over in Group 4 pitted Irwan Iskander V Chris Thorn and Irwan powered his way to the Quarter finals with a 3-0 win that meant a joyous Hugh Best would be joining him after edging his Perth team mate on GD.

Into the Quarter Finals and Game 1 set up a classic encounter between Benji Batten and Tony Credentino with the game deadlocked at 2-2 Benji avoided the dreaded penalty shootout after scoring a dramatic Golden Goal 2 mins into extra time, the Victorian was ecstatic and as i watched on as a bit of fist pumping began for the young Australian. In the 2nd Quarter Final Alan Kimber took on Jurrong Centrals Irwan Iskander but could not find the form he needed and ultimately went crashing out 3-0 in another game where chances were taken mercilessly by Irwan and Kimbers usual long distance danger was kept at a premium by the Singaporian. In the 3rd Quarter Final Hugh Best took on Fabrizio Coco and another gallant effort was put in by the eccentric Perth boy but Fabrizio had too much class and went on to pop 4 unanswered goals to make the Semi finals 4-0. The Final Quarter Final game pitted the slick Vimas Chandiramani against the disciplined German Hermann Kruse and after another closely fought game it was Vikas that emerged victorious with a 2-0 win to join the other 3 Semi finalists.

The Semi Finals games were played at the same time and on table one it didnt take long for Benji batten to open his account against Irwan Iskander, and by half time be had opened up a 5-0 lead which had us all thinking it could well be his tournament, he added 2 second half goals in a 7-0 hammering but Irwan was delighted to have got so far in his statement after the game. In another classic encounter Fabrizio Coco faced off against Vikas Chandiramani, it was pulsating game but Fabrizio fashioned an early chance 5mins in with a finely worked move of patience, precision and power to put himself 1-0 up, Vikas played on creating 3 good chances but found the Italian defence to be rock solid on this occasion and after missing one final chance in the dying moments it was the Sydney residents day to join Benji Batten in the final.

groupA Final of real quality began and it was very much tit for tat as both players exchanged a few half chances in an engaging game but Fabrizio took the lead with his usual calm demeanor and from then on defended brilliantly(as he had all tournament conceding 0 goals) as Batten tried desperately to break down his defence. Ultimately it was decided by the one goal and both players could go away with there heads held high as Subbuteo was the winner over the entire weekend as we laughed, cried, made great friends, ate lots of food and generally had a fantastic time together. thanks again to all the other 11 players involved in getting this event off the ground and turning it into reality, especially John Harty and his partner Bev bone who provided all the logistics as well as the world class venue we all flicked at. Thanks to Barbara Thorn who provided the grub for us all to demolish and once again well done Fabrizio Coco on taking out the inaugural Perth FISTF International Open, its an event we at Subbuteo Perth plan on keeping for as long as we can.

Report by Ross Mcnulty

for full results click here (pdf)

Asian Cup of Table Football 2018

The 2018 Asian Cup of Table Football will be played in Melbourne, Australia from 19-21 January 2018.

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This event is a FISTF Continental Championship offering players the most ranking points possible outside of the world cup. In order to compete in the individual competition, players must have a FISTF licence from an Asian Nation (e.g AUS0003 or SIN0079 etc).

This event is shaping up to be Australia’s biggest ever Subbuteo tournament and players of all ages and skills are encouraged to attend what will be a fun-filled weekend of Table Football action.

Additionally, the Australian open tennis Grand Slam will be played over the same time period, so international guests can tie in a visit to one of the best sporting events in the world!

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The Tournament:

First played in 2015, the Asian Cup is the premier event of the Confederation of Asian Sports Table Football Associations (CASTFA) and is played to determine Asia’s top player, club and nation.

Since Melbourne hosted the inaugural edition in 2015, the tournament has travelled to Singapore in 2016 and Japan in 2017 with the standard of play rising at each edition. The 2018 tournament sees a return to the birthplace of the tournament with local organisers working hard to ensure all players are able to have a fantastic experience.

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The Venue:

Lakeside Futsal is located in the heart of Melbourne’s iconic Albert Park Lake and is situated inside Lakeside Stadium- an international standard venue for football and athletics.

Accompanying the futsal centre is the 1959 Bar and Grill which will host the Welcome Dinner and meals throughout the weekend.

Lakeside Futsal. 32 Aughtie Drive, Albert Park, Victoria 3205

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Location of the Lakeside Futsal centre.

Location of the Lakeside Futsal centre.

Categories

  • Open
  • Juniors (Categorisation of U12/U15/U19 depends on entry numbers and ages of players)
  • Ladies
  • Club teams
  • National Teams

Schedule

Monday 15th-Wednesday 17th: Friendly matches at Lakeside futsal/local venues

Thursday 18th January: WASPA Warm-up Tournament at Lakeside Futsal

Friday 19th January- Warm-up friendlies at venue, opening ceremony, welcome dinner, tournament draw

Saturday 20th- Individual competition- Open, Juniors, Ladies. WASPA consolation tournament for players eliminated in the group stage.

Sunday 21st: Club teams competition, National Teams competition

Equipment

The tournament will be played on the following equipment

Open/Club Teams/National Teams: Extremeworks Pitches, Extremeworks Goals

Juniors/Ladies: Astrobase FT pitches, Extremeworks Goals

Welcome Dinner

On the friday night, a sit down dinner will be held at the 1959 Bar and Grill which will include special guests and personalities. The draw for the weekends matches will also take place here. For all open players, the dinner is included in the entry fee, however for additional guests and children, the prices are as follows:

Additional guests: $40 per meal

Kids Meals: $10 per meal

Entry Fee

The tournament entry fee will be $89 for Adults if you register on or before November 30th and $99 thereafter. Note: in order to receive the early bird price you must pay before or on 30th November.

This fee cover the 4 days of subbuteo playing including:

  • Thursday Night Warm-Up WASPA
  • Friday Night Dinner
  • Lunch on both Saturday and Sunday
  • Entry into the Individual competition on Saturday
  • Entry into the Teams Competition on Sunday
  • Equipment costs to ensure the tournament can be played on the highest quality tables
  • Organising costs

The entry fee must be paid by online bank transfer to:

Melbourne Table Football Club Inc.
B.S.B: 013 355
A/C No. 2914 879 38
(please include your name and ‘AC2018’ with payment)

Registrations will close Sunday 14 January at 11:59 PM AEST

If you have an questions about registration or the tournament in general, please e-mail subbuteoaustralia@gmail.com

Summary of Fees

Open Players: $89 (Early Bird) if registered before November 30. $99 if registered after November 31

Juniors: $15

Additional Adult Dinner tickets: $40

Junior Dinner tickets: $10

Please register for the tournament using the form below:

 

New Number One in Asia

Asia has a new number one player, with Singapore’s Anas Rahamat (Jurong) claiming top spot in the Asian rankings over his countryman and clubmate Rudy Hesty.
Most of the other Top 10 remained the same, though two new Aussies dislodged countrymen, with Fabrizio Coco (Sydney TFC) moving up 13 places to sit at #8, with Benji Batten (Melbourne TFC) into 9th place, after the Perth International Open.
Eliot Kennedy (Northern Falcons) clings on to 10th place, with Raffaele Lombardi (Sydney TFC) dropping to 11th.
Singapore’s Vikas Chandiramani (Jurong) jumped to 16th place, while Irwan Iskandar (Jurong) leapt 20 places to 28th.
Hugh Best (Perth) moved up 7 places to 29th, while Tony Credentino (Sydney TFC) rocketed 30 places to 46th.
Alan Kimber (Perth) made an impressive debut, entering the rankings at 51, while his clubmates Chris Thorn jumped 29 places to 56, and Ross McNulty moved to 67 and John Harty entered at 73.

Open rankings
FISTF Rankings July 2017 movement – ASIA Open

Subbuteo Parramatta Spring League 2017

subbuteo parramattaThe Subbuteo Parramatta Spring League is back for its fourth season. The league is open to all players of any age or experience level and new players are always welcome.

The league will begin in September and run weekly for 2-3 months, depending on the numbers of competitors.

Games will be played on alternating Tuesday and Thursday evenings (i.e. Tuesday one week, Thursday the next week). You do not need to be available every week. In most cases, you will be involved in two out of every three weeks, on average. The draw will be organised around your availability.

Entry into the league is free, though some small venue charges will apply for any games you play at our Club Home at Good Games, Bella Vista (this involves a $5 store credit which you can redeem on any in store purchases). Thursday evening games will be played at Good Games, while Tuesday evening games will be played at a few venues around the Parramatta/Blacktown area.

Playing in the league will also qualify you as a member of the Subbuteo Parramatta club for the 2017/18 season. Membership to the club is completely free.

Please fill in your details below to register for the league.

International Table Football set to touchdown in Perth

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For the first time in history, Perth, Australia will play host to an event on the world tour of Sports Table Football (Subbuteo).

Sports Table Football, or “Subbuteo” as it is widely known, is a game based on association football. For many years it was marketed as “the replica of Association Football” or “Table Soccer”.

The 2017 Perth Winter Classic comprises of two individual events which both go towards the world rankings. The Saturday is an ‘International Open’ classification and the Sunday is a ‘Satellite’ event.

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A strong and competitive field will battle it out on the pitch headlined by Singaporean players  Irwan Iskander and Vikas Chandiramani (world ranking 177) who make the trip to Perth with silverware in their sights.

Local favourites include Sydney TFC’s Fabrizio Coco (56), Melbourne TFC’s Benji Batten (127) and Perth’s Ross McNulty and Alan Kimber who have been training hard to take victory on home soil.

The event will be hosted at the Fremantle Town Hall, Corner William, Adelaide and High Streets, Fremantle on the 29th and 30th of July.

Entry for spectators is free and we encourage people of all ages to come down and watch, with spare tables on hand for beginners to try out the game. For anyone interested in playing Subbuteo table football, this would be the perfect opportunity to come down and see what all the excitement is about.

Player List:

  1. Benji Batten (Melbourne Table Football Club, Australia)
  2. Fabrizio Coco (Sydney TFC, Australia)
  3. Tony Credentino (Sydney TFC, Australia)
  4. Herman Kruse (Northern Falcons TFC, Australia)
  5. Vikas Chandiramani; (Jurong Central Subbuteo Club, Singapore)
  6. Irwan Iskander (Jurong Central SC, Singapore)
  7. John Harty (Perth Subbuteo Club, Australia)
  8. Chris Thorn (Perth SC, Australia)
  9. Alan Kimber (Perth SC, Australia)
  10. Ross McNulty (Perth SC, Australia)
  11. Hugh Best (Perth SC, Australia)
  12. Ron Byrne (Perth SC, Australia)

International standard venue for Asian Cup 2018

South Melbourne FC to host 2018 Asian Cup of Table Football at Lakeside Futsal

One of Australia’s most famous football clubs, South Melbourne FC, has thrown its weight behind table football and the Asian Cup to be staged in 2018.

More than 50 players from Australia, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia and Hong Kong will take part in a festival of table football in January 2018 at South Melbourne Football Club’s brand new Lakeside Futsal Centre and 1959 Bar and Grill.

Opened in 2017, the state of the art facilities represent South Melbourne’s significant push to re-establish themselves as one of Australia’s football powerhouses with an A-League licence the ultimate goal.

Melbourne club representatives Luke Radziminski (MTFC), Benny Ng (WTF), Beth Eveleigh (MTFC), Kevin Grant (WTF), Benji Batten (MTFC).

Melbourne club representatives Luke Radziminski (MTFC), Benny Ng (WTF), Beth Eveleigh (MTFC), Kevin Grant (WTF), Benji Batten (MTFC).

“We’re excited to host this international event at our new facilities and we can’t wait to see the best Table Footballers from across Asia in action,” said George Kouroumalis, Operations, Media and Marketing Manager for South Melbourne FC.

“We’ve also teamed up with the Melbourne Table Football Club, who will also be on hand to use our facilities across the remainder of the year. At South Melbourne we are passionate about everything football related so Table Football is a natural fit for us,” said Kouroumalis.

South Melbourne juniors have their first flicks!

South Melbourne juniors have their first flicks!

His comments were echoed by Tournament Organiser Benji Batten, President of the Australian Table Football Association (ATFA).

“We are thrilled to be able to hold our world class tournament at a world class venue, which is sure to create a fantastic spectacle for players and spectators,” said Batten.

The event will take place on January 20 and 21 at Lakeside Futsal with the Opening Ceremony and tournament draw at the 1959 Bar and Grill on Friday, January 19.

The big boys check out the silky skills of Luke Radziminski

The big boys check out the silky skills of Luke Radziminski

Sports Table Football, or “Subbuteo” as it is widely known, is a game based on association football. For many years it was marketed as “the replica of Association Football” or “Table Soccer”.

The 2018 Asian Cup will be the fourth in the competition’s history, with Melbourne hosting the inaugural event in 2015.

In addition to an individual competition, the top clubs from each country will compete against one another, and the highly coveted national team event will determine the region’s top country.

Benny explains the finer points of the game.

Benny explains the finer points of the game.

Australia will be seeking to claim their first ever title on home soil but will face stern competition in Singapore who have won the previous three titles.

Location of the Lakeside Futsal centre.

Location of the Lakeside Futsal centre.

Sydney International Open 2017

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Subbuteo Parramatta is proud to be hosting the 2017 Sydney International Open. The tournament will be held on the weekend of September 23 and 24 at Good Games, Bella Vista – Lower podium H143, 24-32 Lexington Drive, Bella Vista, NSW.

On Saturday, September 23, there will be a Teams Tournament. On Sunday, September 24, there will be an Individual Opens Tournament and an Individual Junior Tournament. Pending numbers, we may also run an Individual Ladies Tournament and possibly a Junior Teams Tournament.

Entry fees for the tournament is $12 per day for 18s and over, and $5 per day for Juniors (payable on the day of the event). All players are welcome to enter. All entrants must be ATFA Members (or members of their own international associations if from outside Australia). Membership can be obtained at the tournament or via our membership form online ($10 for 18+, free for Juniors).

We will also seek to organise a social dinner for the Saturday evening for any players interested in attending.

Please register for the tournament using the form below.

Nominations for the World Cup

The Australian Table Football Association is calling for nominations for players wanting to participate at the FISTF World Cup to be held on September 2nd and 3rd, 2017, in Elancourt just outside Paris (France).

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Players who would like to nominate should submit their request, using the contact template at the bottom of the ‘Home’ page of http://subbuteoaustralia.com/

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The Board of the ATFA reserves the right to accept or decline any nomnation.

Nominations must be submitted by July 15.

Any nominee must be a member of the ATFA.

Signed
The ATFA Board